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Trumpeter A-4M Canopy in the open position

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Hello friends. I just started the Trumpeter A-4M kit and discovered that Trumpeter has not provided any parts to position the canopy in the open position. I would like to see some pictures of how some of you have scratched parts to accomplish this, while I work on other areas of the kit.

 

Brand new to LSP, so I haven't yet sorted out how to post pictures but love this site!

 

Thanks, Greg

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Ok. I've read through several amazing A-4 builds here that have addressed correcting many aspects of the kit and provided inspiration for my current project. Funny that this one thing has been mentioned but not photographed (unless it has and I've just missed it). When I get to that part of the build, I'll post my own shots of how I did it. There is a bulkhead(?) at the rear of the opening clamshell that obscures the view of the mechanical bits that connect and rotate the canopy. I have to dig into my reference more deeply to see if anything I have, shows what it looks like. Maybe it's a moot point simply because everything is hidden anyway.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Looking through the stuff I have on the A-4, the only pictures I've found of the canopy hinge mechanism, are in Bert Kinsey's Detail and Scale, Volume 32. Two pictures, one on page 26 and one on page 27, of an A-4F with the canopy removed showing the area behind the ejection seat where the hinge mechanism is, completely revealed. Same as the A-4M?

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Douglas A-4M Skyhawk specifications and photos

https://www.skytamer.com/Douglas_A-4M.html

 

 

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Images Gallery

https://www.militaryfactory.com/imageviewer/ac/gallery-ac.asp?aircraft_id=165

 

 

A-4 Skyhawk Production History | A-4 Skyhawk Association

http://a4skyhawk.info/article/douglas-a4-skyhawk-production-history

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More if it helps.

 

Just scroll and see ..thumbnails.

 

Pre-Flight Walk-Around | A-4 Skyhawk Association

http://a4skyhawk.info/page/preflight-walkaround

 

 

Technical Data | A-4 Skyhawk Association

http://a4skyhawk.info/article/-technical-data

 

 

 

The Drivers Office | A-4 Skyhawk Association

http://a4skyhawk.info/page/skyhawk-cockpit

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Thanks for the fantastic links and suggestions! I looked at all of them and learned a lot.

 

What I'm doing is converting Trumps A-4M to a Brazilian AF-1. Because I'm using the Avionix cockpit, things aren't so straight forward. It's a great looking set but needs a lot of finagaling to install which means, to get things where I wanted them alignment wise, I had to carve out the moulded in canopy hinge detail on the resin set and make my own to better position it where it looked right to me (based on the photos in Detail and Scale Vol. 32).

 

So this is where this is all going. How to mount the canopy? I've chosen to use a piece of sturdy photoetch fret to connect the canopy to the fuselage. There is a bulkhead towards the rear of the canopy that will hide the photoetch piece. This will be strong and will allow me to bend it to the correct position.

 

As soon as I figure out how to upload photos, I will post them.

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Thanks MARU5137 and LSP_Ray! It's great you checked in. By the end of the week I will have some shots to post of the mounted canopy.

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Hey, thanks for the welcome and for the fantastic walk around pics Vandy! Really good. Whoever took these photos had a keen eye for important details. These are very helpful.

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